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Karnataka government is open for industry, environment and more revenue based quarrying rules and make amendments to the existing age-old policies Minister for Mines and Geology Rajashekhar B.Patil said.
Speaking after inaugurating the seminar cum interactive session on problems faced by the dimensional & decorative stone quarrying and processing industry organised by Federation of Indian Granite and Stone Industry (FIGSI) he agreed to have detailed discussions with the stake holders. As per the demand of the federation the delegation of the experts will be sent to Rajasthan and other states to study their policies and the government is open for ease of doing granite business in the state. The recommendations made by the already formed experts committee on stone quarrying will be considered and required changes will be made. Chief Minister had already convened meetings and the cabinet subcommittee will shortly meet to discuss the issues regarding the quarrying minister explained.
The quarrying should be made more environments friendly, scientific and more productive. At present the state has granted 450 decorative stone quarries and at present 242 quarries is operating. The demand of the federation to bring back the old policy of 2016 of granting licences without auctioning, simplifying the rules and regulations for quarrying in pattalands and simplification of EC(environment clearances) and the issues in getting NOC from the forest department will be considered, Minister assured the FIGSI members and delegates from across the state.
Federation vice president Sunil K.Arora presented the various problems faced by the quarrying industry. Gurushastrimutt Chairman Seminars & Conferences Subcommittee, S.Krishnaprasad General Secretary FIGSI, R.Veeramani Founder president FIGSI and President CAPEXIL spoke on various issues of quarrying.